Indie Portland Elopement: Kari + Brian

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Since we shared info about the Runway Pop-Up Wedding with you lovelies this morning, we thought it would be fun to highlight a rad Portland elopement, photographed by Kate Harrison, this afternoon! Kari + Brian love their city for its unassuming style, relaxed atmosphere and creative artisans, so when it came time to plan their small, intimate wedding they knew they wanted to celebrate their love locally and utilize as many Portland vendors as possible. It’s evident these two really thought through each element of their day + made it a point to include things that were meaningful to them + represent who they are together. Here’s more from Kari about some of their local vendors:

My one of a kind dress, made from men’s sweatshirt material, was made by local designer (and now friend), Alexa Stark; my bouquet and Brian’s boutonniere were designed by local ecoflorist (friend of a friend), Emerald Petals; and most meaningful of all, Brian himself, artist and craftsman of many mediums, made our rings out of Damascus steel, with the help of his father, Mastersmith Bruce Bump. We chose a courthouse ceremony for simplicity, affordability, and because it worked well with our urban-themed celebration. We wanted to enjoy one of the local hotels that we rarely, as locals, have an excuse to stay in. We selected the Ace Hotel for its quintessential Portland upcycled vintage style and because they have record players in the rooms, our favorite way to listen to music…

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Since the Ace was less than a mile from the courthouse, it allowed us to use pedicabs (bike-drawn carriages) as transportation to the ceremony for our entire wedding party!

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portland wedding

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handmade wedding dress

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portland wedding

portland wedding

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It was difficult to identify a most memorable moment, because the whole day was so lovely. But Brian and I agree that if we had to chose one, it would be once we were all settled at the table in Clyde Common, right up against a huge window, and the respite of rain that had miraculously sparred us throughout our urban trek to and from the courthouse, gave way to a down pour. Nothing like the beauty of a powerful spring rain in Portland when you are inside a charming space, surrounded by loved ones, and about to ingest spectacular food and drink!

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portland wedding

portland wedding

Do what YOU want. The day is for you and about you. And you can totally have a special, beautiful day without spending a ridiculous amount of money. Being creative is a big part of the fun of it all!

photographer: Kate Harrison Photography // pre-ceremony location: Ace Hotel Portland, Oregon // wedding dress: Alexa Stark // floral designer: Emerald Petals // ceremony location: Portland City Hall // transportation: Portland Wedding Pedicabs

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DIY: Indigo Dyed Fabric

DIY Indigo Dyed Fabric

Did you guys love the indigo fabrics from the Runaway Pop Up Elopement event we shared this morning? I know I totally did (yep, indigo is one of my colors I’m a bit obsessed with currently!) So, we asked Tori of Sitting in a Tree who created these gorgeous fabrics along with Jamie from Rad + In Love for some tips on how we could create similar fabrics ourselves. Fabrics like this would be perfect for a backdrop (as they were used in the elopements) or maybe a tablecloth for a dessert table or backdrop for a photo booth – endless possibilities!

You can pick up this indigo dye online. Then arm yourself with rubber gloves, some buckets, and a nice clothesline (ideally) where you can spread out the project to dry. It’s pretty messy, depending how big your fabric is, so be prepared!

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There are tons of options on how to dye. If you are looking for a traditional shibori method (a lot of what you are seeing in stores at the moment), we suggest a quick little tutorial online for how to tie and bind your fabric using sticks, rocks and boards to create pattern. We did a little of both – the other option being more a tie dye route where you use rubber bands to randomly secure and twist the fabric.

The indigo takes several dips in the dye bath to reach that deep blue color – so you actually dip it several times in the process (whichever way you decide to tie off your fabric) and then let it come out for air and to breath and oxidize. It will be a light green color and then slowly turn as it reaches air. You then continue to dip it – anywhere from 5-12 times depending on your patience level and what you are trying to achieve. It’s not as quick as your standard tie dying process.

After you’ve finished dipping your fabrics, you hose them off and open them up to air dry and watch them transform into little pieces of art. We used everything from old/stained baby clothes, to cotton and muslin blankets that were white or cream in color, to polyester dresses. They all turned out different, with the cotton and muslin taking the dye best!

So, here’s a quick step by step run down:

1. Mix your dye
2. Tie off your fabric
3. Rinse with water to saturate your fabric
4. Dip in the indigo dye
5. Take out, let it oxide a bit
6. Repeat some dips in the indigo for variation and depth of color
7. Rinse off and untie
8. Enjoy your creations!

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So, I know I’m ready to dye a bunch of things indigo! Kind of loving the idea of dying some baby clothes! :) If anyone decides to try their hand at indigo dying, we’d love to see your results! Please share any of your DIY photos with us on Instagram and use the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY. Happy Crafting!

Thanks to Rad + In Love for the photos

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Runaway Pop Up Wedding Elopements

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Remember us telling you all about the incredible Runaway Pop Up Wedding Event? This was a once in a life time celebration, conceptualized by a group of stellar wedding artists, for couples who wanted to elope, but still have a stylish + memorable wedding day. I really love idea – and how the event turned out – so I’m super excited to share this fun recap with you lovelies today!

From the team, The concept we dreamt up was based on an elopement alternative for couple’s who had thought about running away to vegas or having a ceremony at city hall that lacked style. By combining the talents of all these amazing vendors for one day only, we were able to bring a dream wedding to 5 couples on a Sunday afternoon! Each couple booked a time slot at our ‘popup’ ceremony venue, styled by Sitting in a Tree, and were greeted with either a bouquet or a floral crown from Bloem Hill, and food + celebratory drinks in a styled private waiting lounge. After some food + cocktails, our brides walked down the aisle to guitarist, Bart Davenport, strumming a song of their choice. Each couple had the option to use their own vows + modify the ceremony performed by Lara, our amazing officiant, and bring a handful of guests as witnesses.

Big thanks to Rad + In Love for the beautiful images + congrats to all of the couples who exchanged their vows at the Runaway Pop Up Event!

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fern lounge area

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green circle wreath

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printed napkins

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Five of the sweetest couples traveled in from near + far to elope at the event. Elianna + Jonathan, who had briefly discussed eloping in the past, heard about Runaway + decided to go for it! They flew down from Canada for a beautiful, fun + stress-free day…

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From Elianna + Jonathan: The moment they opened the curtain to the ceremony space my mind was racing a million miles a minute. You think of all the concrete things you’re going to do that day like hair and nails + dress and makeup, but you don’t really give any thought to how you’re going to feel and react when it’s all actually happening… at least I hadn’t. And with no rehearsal of how it would all go down – yeah, my heart was racing!

But when Bart started playing his acoustic rendition of “This Will Be Our Year”, there was no holding back the tears. I can right now hear that song in my mind, and in turn, see myself walking down the aisle, see my husband standing there, and call to mind all the emotions of the day. It all went by so fast after that, but we are also very lucky to have lived a whole week’s worth of equally memorable moments during our ‘California Wedding Trip’ with our family! 

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pop up elopement

And how gorgeous are these marriage certificates designed by Pitbulls and Posies?!

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Elianna + Jonathan traveled from Canada, another couple brought their kids, some snuck away and told no one, while others brought all sorts of friends and family to witness a vow renewal. They wore polka dots, sequins, orange, lace… you name it. They cried, laughed, kissed, danced…each couple truly putting their own unique spin on the day and (hopefully) feeling like they had the wedding of their dreams on a shoestring budget! Such a magical day for all these couples…

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pop up elopement

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pop up elopement

pop up elopement

pop up elopement

pop up elopement


And check out Elianna + Jonathan’s sweet wedding video by  Max and Molly Films! (yep, each couple got their own film too!)


Huge thanks to all the talented vendors involved with the Runaway Pop Up Event for sharing this amazing elopement alternative with us today! And check back in a bit for a fun DIY for those absolutely gorgeous indigo fabrics seen throughout the Runaway Event!

photography: Rad + In Love // styling: Sitting in a Tree // venue: The Gallery at Casa Artelexia San Diego, California // food + drinks: A Miho Experience, Vetted Table // graphic design: Pitbulls and Posies // rentals: YEAH! Rentals // glassware: The Hostess Haven // videography: Max and Molly Films // guitar: Bart Davenport // florals: Bloem Hill // hair + makeup: Belli Belli Salon // champagne: ONEHOPE Weddings

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryYEAH! rentals is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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